• Save 11 Blenheim Mews in Minehead!
    Minehead is a busy seaside resort on the north coast of Somerset. The town's architectural landmarks are as vital to its economy as it's many other attractions. Many of these buildings are formally recognised period properties. Without Minehead's unique history, the town would not hold as much of a draw to the tourists on which the local economy predominantly depends. The Somerset Historic Environment Record includes every one of Minehead's landmarks and should be safeguarded at all costs. But it is now under threat from developers! 11 Blenheim Mews is one of the buildings on this list and is currently in danger of becoming redeveloped beyond recognition. The stable building is one of the last of its type in Minehead still in its original condition. The Victorians built these stable buildings to serve the imposing Victorian houses of Blenheim Road and are part of the Wellington Square Conservation Area. However, the application intends to remove all original features that make this building unique. The design involves building an extension right up to the front boundary, installing a large, metal bi-fold door and fibre cement sheet cladding to the front aspect, laying a patio area directly outside, installing painted metal windows, three dormer windows and as many skylights. The application also proposes the extensive use of bricks, which is an entirely inappropriate material compared to the stonework of the neighbouring buildings. The building is in the centre of town amongst Minehead's highest-profile landmarks and heritage assets. The proposed application would fail to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the conservation area, endangering the historical integrity of the current building and compromising the Somerset Historic Environment Record. Any works should preserve the original facade of the building. If developers lay waste to 11 Blenhiem Mews, the Somerset Historic Environment Record will not even be worth the paper it is written on. The original features of this building deserve better than being consigned to the scrap heap. The planning application is available to view on the Somerset West and Taunton planning portal. The application is entitled "3/21/22/041 | Conversion of residential garage and first floor workshop, with erection of a single storey extension, into 1 No. dwelling with parking | Garage to the rear of Blenheim Mews, Minehead, TA24 5QZ" Please sign this petition today!
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    6 years of licensed activities without complaint has proven we offer a popular locally distinctive leisure facility which boosts the local rural economy and conserves a heritage landmark to a high standard. It has also shown the site is safe, helps meet the social needs of existing residents and will support the social integration of new residents from the >3000 NEW houses approved since 2020 - within 5 miles of us but without any new social infrastructure. Leisure use since 2016 has rescued the barn and setting from redundancy and by NYE 2022 we will have welcomed nearly 25,000 guests to Coggeshall from all over the world! PUBLIC leisure activities include LIVE MUSIC, LIVE COMEDY, CIRCUS SKILLS etc and takes place between PRIVATE weddings, milestone parties and corporate events. Stock Street offers unique and varied social facilities to all age groups in an area seeing rapid expansion in communities. Reusing our site for leisure is seen locally as entirely positive. Our role is recognised in Coggeshall Parish Neighbourhood Plan 2021, supported by Coggeshall and Bradwell Parish Councils, both Coggeshall District Councillors, local residents and brings many visitors to Coggeshall and Braintree District – BUT IS NOT SUPPORTED BY BRAINTREE DISTRICT COUNCIL. Stock Street is the target of heavy-handed tactics designed to deal with planning offenders where harm is reported by local residents, Parish Councils and District councillors. We have never received any complaints from anybody including Highways. Multiple efforts to address concerns and secure planning approval have been prevented; our valid 2020 application 20/00009/FUL was declined public consultation and our reasonable request to submit a new application in April 2022 was denied by a Council press release on 26 April announcing the start of Enforcement Action. The Council press release has badly damaged our business. During the Appeal we aim to show that D2 Leisure activity is a betterment of the site from heritage, public benefit and safer highway access perspectives when compared with the current B8 storage and distribution use (or any other use).
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  • Save Tumbling Bay
    Tumbling Bay is a much loved Victorian river swimming pool on a backwater of the River Thames just behind Botley Park in West Oxford. For over 150 years local children have learned to swim in the pool. The north wall is in need of repair and the site has been fenced off for several months. The Council’s current plan is to smash up the existing wall to produce a sloping bank that will erase this valuable piece of local heritage. While no longer an official bathing spot, Tumbling Bay is very much enjoyed by local residents. Hundreds of people swim there in the summer and a small number all year round. It is safer than the river as there are no boats going past. It is also part of our local history.
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  • KYFC response to Oxford United proposal to move to Stratfield Brake
    We have had initial discussions with OUFC about their proposed move to Stratfield Brake. They have been understanding and supportive of the KYFC vision to have a single football hub for the club with enhanced facilities such as a 4G pitch so that the club can continue to flourish. While these initial discussions have been positive, we recognise that there will be plenty of hurdles to come but this proposal presents a great opportunity for football to be provided for the children of Kidlington and surrounding villages with best-in-class facilities for generations to come. Please sign this petition to show your support in principle for Oxford United to move to Stratfield Brake and relocate the football pitches away from Stratfield Brake.
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  • Approve the Stratfield Brake stadium proposal submitted by Oxford United Football Club
    We believe that the new development will: - provide a secure home for OUFC and safeguard the future of the Club - allow OUFC to grow within its means and bring success on and off the pitch - provide facilities to benefit the wider local community, its sports clubs and leisure groups We recognise the many stages in the planning process and the many issues to resolve. Local residents, as well as OUFC fans, must have their views and concerns fully considered. The environmental and traffic impacts should also be assessed and alleviated wherever possible through good sustainable design and construction. This petition has been created by OxVox, the Independent Oxford United Supporters Trust, but is open to all. Please sign if you want to see this OUFC stadium and community project succeed. Have your voice heard - join OxVox. Visit www.oxvox.org.uk
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  • Say NO to the Stafford Town Regeneration
    Absolutely noone wants public funds wasting on this project. This would be a similar waste of money, like that wasted on concrete balls outside the council buildings
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  • Stop the demolition of Droylsden Library planned for this month!
    This campaign is urgent as the council have now granted permission for the building to be demolished, this campaign is now the last effort to halt plans to wipe out one of Droylsden's only landmarks and heritage assets.
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  • Save Canons Drive Trees
    Canons Park Estate Limited is a volunteer-led residents association established to manage and look after the Canons Park Estate in Edgware. The Estate is a designated conservation area within the London Borough of Harrow. The main road on the estate is Canons Drive, originally a carriage drive to Canons, a stately home built for the first Duke of Chandos. Canons is now the home of North London Collegiate School. The trees on Canons Drive include Wellingtonia (sequoia) Redwood trees and Cedar trees planted in the 1860s, making Canons Drive an avenue of one of the finest collections of trees in the country. This avenue of Wellingtonia trees is unique in London. The trees are protected by Tree Preservation Orders. Residents living at 3 properties on Canons Drive have made a claim to their insurers following cracking in their properties which they allege is caused by tree roots from historic trees situated on the grass verges in front of their properties. The insurers have applied to Harrow Council to remove the protection provided by the Tree Preservation Orders in respect of 5 trees (3 Wellingtonia and 2 Cedars) with the aim of felling all 5 trees, thereby destroying the beautiful landscape. We the undersigned wish to notify the Council of our objection to the removal of the protection provided by the TPOs. There are known solutions to repairing each property that (it is alleged) have been impacted by the continuing presence of the trees. These solutions would leave the trees in place rather than threatening their removal. The removal of the trees would irreparably harm the stunning vista created by these fine specimens which line Canons Drive. These magnificent trees are greatly appreciated by residents and visitors to the Canons Park Estate Please sign our Petition and share with others. .
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    Why is this important? Due to 74% of Chichester District Councils land being in the South Downs National Park or AONB areas which are protected against development - this leaves the coastal plain and the rural villages of the Manhood Peninsula and around the Chichester Harbour AONB, targeted to be overloaded with excessive numbers of new houses, with no adequate roads or sewage infrastructure to support them. The current system for providing affordable housing does not work. Developers are building houses that are not affordable. The Manhood Peninsula and the coastal and harbour villages to the west are the last undeveloped coastal hinterlands between Southampton and Brighton. These areas are mainly agricultural and of inestimable public value for food supply security, to protect the natural environment, to ensure adequate wildlife corridors and to support businesses involved in the rapidly growing green tourism sector. The Manhood Peninsula contains some of the South’s most important wetlands at Pagham Harbour and Medmerry and is one of the most vulnerable stretches of coastline when it comes to protecting us from future climate change impacts. The green spaces and fields between the villages to the west of Chichester and around Chichester Harbour are essential resources for wildlife and leisure activities. Long term holistic planning is critical to our environmental and economic future. The Government and District Council need to re-evaluate the housing numbers for the whole District before development devastates the unique and beautiful areas and villages that people choose to visit and value for their rural nature.
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    Staines upon Thames is a small market town with a defined character. Apart from a small cluster of high-rise developments at the end of town furthest from the river, most buildings in the town are three or four storeys high – and none more than six. Persuading Spelthorne Borough Council to abandon its draft plan for tower-block developments up to 15 storeys high at or close to the riverfront, including in the sensitive Staines Conservation Area, would protect the town’s distinctive character, appearance, amenity, townscape and skyline.
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  • Protect the Drews Pond Wood area
    UPDATE: We've exceeded our goal - now it's time for us to deliver our petition to the Town Council and (hopefully) work with them to get our Local Green Space designations! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ **IMPORTANT: You can help us prove that this land is valuable to the people of Devizes, please fill out our short questionnaire: https://forms.gle/nVaEbX2tSB95Frtf9 ** The Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plan are being reviewed. These plans will decide where to put hundreds more houses in Devizes. These plans shouldn’t just be about where to put development - they also need to identify areas that are special and important for people and wildlife so that they can be protected for the future. Drews Pond Wood Local Nature Reserve and the land around it was once part of the grounds of Roundway Hospital County Asylum (1849). All the land that was part of the hospital is linked by history and has a special character. The old grounds support wildlife associated with Drews Pond Wood and also provide important amenity land for local people to enjoy. Designating this land as a Local Green Space could: - Protect local wildlife habitats throughout the area. - Conserve habitat of internationally rare bats including the rare Annex II Bechstein’s bat on the IUCN Red List as Near Threatened in Europe. - Ensure the retention of well-used amenity land important for health and wellbeing, including disability-friendly green space. - Prevent erosion of a local heritage asset that is an important part of the history of Devizes. More information at https://www.joebrindle.uk/drews-pond
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  • Remove Picton from Cardiff City Hall
    Thomas Picton’s statue has stood in the collection of Welsh Heroes in Cardiff City Hall for a hundred years, honouring his military exploits and ignoring his crimes. Even by the standards of the early 19th century, Picton was a particularly brutal figure in the transatlantic slave trade and the harsh exploitation of the sugar plantations. He was convicted of the torture of a 14-year old girl. He was no hero. Cardiff today aspires to be a welcoming city. People from across the world have settled here to work and to live, bringing vibrancy and diversity. Thomas Picton has no place in the capital city of Wales. Removing this statue will send a message to Black people in Cardiff and across the world that the city recognises the role people like Picton played in slavery, and that we must address the systemic racism that still exists due to slavery and Empire.
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